Holder DNA Genealogy Project
Current StatusAs of March 6, 2016, the following HOLDER samples are in progress. In most cases, the donor is a grandson or great-grandson of the last person named. Please see the RESULTS page for a complete summary table.
Also see Bill Holder's 1880 census project. Links have been added to the state projects for some of our Holder participants.
001 Group A. USA: Thomas Holder & Susannah Bunch, Bertie Co. NC > John Holder & Mary Jackson, Bertie & Orange Co. NC > Aaron Holder & Rebeccah Evans; Orange, Wake & Chatham Co. NC > John Holder & Maryanne Elizabeth Smith, Chatham Co. NC, Joseph Isaiah Holder & Sarah Eveline Worthington, Chatham County, NC to Alachua County, Florida. This sample defines family group A.
002 Group B. USA: John Holder 1694-1784, m. Barbara Volck; sometimes spelled Holter > Joseph Holder > George > John > John > Jacob > Claude
003 Group A. USA: Thomas Holder & Susannah Bunch, Bertie Co. NC > John Holder & Mary Jackson, Bertie & Orange Co. NC > Aaron Holder & Rebeccah Evans; Orange, Wake & Chatham Co. NC > John Holder & Maryanne Elizabeth Smith, Chatham Co. NC > John Henry Holder & Eldora Holland, Chatham County, NC
004 Group A . USA: Thomas Holder & Susannah Bunch, Bertie Co. NC > John Holder & Mary Jackson, Bertie & Orange Co. NC > Aaron Holder & Rebeccah Evans; Orange, Wake & Chatham Co. NC > Gilbert Evans Holder (1811-after 1880) Wake County, NC and Lincoln, Bedford and Moore County, TN > Aaron Wesley Holder (1834-1907) Wake County, NC and Lincoln, Bedford amd Marshall County, TN
005 Group D. USA: William Presley Holder (ca. 1780/1780 NC or TN - ca. 1830, Jefferson Co. TN) > Eppa Samuel Holder (1821-1884) Knox Co. TN to Caldwell Co. MO > James Holder (1845-1900) Ray and Caldwell Counties MO.
006 Group C. USA: Alexander Valentine Holder b. Indiana 1840, thought to be the son of James Holder and Lucinda Worley who married in Indiana in 1838; Alexander was father of James Lee Holder (1874-1935), born in Missouri; descendants in Oklahoma
007 Group E. USA: John Holder (1748) > Moses Franklin Holder (1780) > William Holder 1812, Franklin Co. TN.
008 Group D. USA: Solomon Holder b. 1774; descendants to Pendleton Co. SC and Franklin Co. TN > Alfred Holder 1797 Pendelton Dist. SC to Dade Co. MO > William James Holder 1835 Madison Co. AL, to MO > William Hamilton Holder b. 1869 MO to KS
009 Group D. USA: John Holder of Boonesboro KY
010 Group F. USA: Samuel Holder (1803-1864 b. PA, d. MO) > John Holder b. 1833 Ohio, married Margaret Hughs b. 1845 of Kentucky. This sample is unique so far and defines group F.
011 Group G. USA: Alston Holder, first appeared on 1800 census in Spartanburg, SC>James Holder b. 1808 TN > Hosea W. Holder b. 2/1829 in Warrick Co., IN > Hosea Frank b. 4/1873 in Warrick Co., IN. This sample defines group G.
012 Group D. USA: Bennett Holder, born 1805, South Carolina; 1820 Franklin Co.
Tennessee; 1830 and 1840 Jackson Co. Alabama; 1850 McNairy Co. TN; 1850
through 1886 Lawrence County, Arkansas. Thomas Holder, born 1828 Jackson
Co. AL, McNairy Co. TN, Lawrence Co. AR. died 1899; William J. Holder, born
1860, died 1899, Lawrence Co. AR. This sample belongs in group D; see also samples 029 and 060.
013 Group A. USA: William P. Holder born 1815 in Murphy, Cherokee County, NC & Margaret
Sherrill; William Clayton Holder (b. Oct. 22, 1848 in NC, d.November
09, 1923) & Harriet Evelyn Dunlop; William Newman Holder (b. December
31, 1875 in Parker County Texas, d. January 09, 1945 Deming, New
Mexico) & Dora Leddenham.
014 Group A. USA:William Holder & Mary Ann Hardin?? > Daniel Holder & Nancy Standeford Orange Co. NC > William Henderson Holder & Nancy Hauser, Stokes/Forsyth Co. NC > Daniel P. Holder, Indiana
015 Group H. USA: Abraham Holder b. ca. 1782-90 VA to PA > Thomas J. Holder b. 1825 PA > Lebeus Holder b. 1851 PA
016 Group B. USA: Henry Holder (1803-1872) PA>IN, married Sarah Pinkley [error corrected 9/29/07] > Joseph Holder (1839-1922, Indiana)
017 Group A. USA: William P. Holder b. ca. 1815 NC - d. ca. 1860 Polk Co. AR) > William Clayton Holder (1848 NC - 1923 Lynn Co. TX) > Ben Rogers Holder (1889-1968 TX)
018 Group D. USA: Jeptha Holder (b. 1784), Pittsylvania Co. VA and Randolph Co. NC > David Meredith Holder b. 1823 > David Michael Holder b. 1867
019 Group D. USA: Gabriel Holder m. Rhoda Reed > Laban Rice Holder m. Armilda Lair > Jeremiah C. Holder m. Mary Ann Kelsey
020 Group A. USA: William B. Holder, born 1863 (location unk), married Ollie Jones in Alabama and later moved to Wichita Falls TX
021 Group D. USA: John Holder (d. White Co. TN 1863), thought to be a son of Davis Holder of Pittsylvania Co. VA
023 Group D. USA: Dempsey Holder of Wilkes Co. NC > James Holder.
024 Group D. USA: Lane Holder of White and Perry Counties TN >Isaac Holder -> Parker Co. TX > Laney Clinton Holder
025 Group G. USA: Alston Holder of Warrick Co. IN (see sample #011. This is thought to be the same Alston Holder who appears in Spartanburg SC in 1800) > Lorenzo Wesley Holder (1817-1893) > Lorenzo Wesley Holder Jr. (1860-1937)
026 Group B. USA: John Holder 1694-1784, m. Barbara Volck (see sample 002) > George Holder and Elisabeth Biehler > George Ludwig Holder and Elizabeth Morris > Joseph Holder and Susannah Leinbach (moved from Stokes Co. NC to Bartholomew Co. IN)> Lewis Cornelius Holder and Louisa Ann Gilbert > Alexander Elmer Holder and Eudora Edna Lockert
027 Group A. USA: Elisha Holder > Shadrack Holder b. 1776 in Bertie Co. NC and Minnie Dunning > Thomas Holder b. 1807 KY and Lucinda Hildrith > Peter H. Holder b. 1832 KY and Henrietta White > Peter O. Holder b. 1877 Bollinger Co. MO
028 Group H. USA: James Holder b. 1812 Harrison Co. VA (now WV) and Margaret Humphry > David William Holder (1847-1887) and Susan Clark Huls, Illinois/Missouri >James William Holder (1890-1982) and Charlotte Emily Brega, Missouri/Illinois
029 Group D. USA: John Holder and Agnes Bledsoe (VA to AL) > Thomas Martin Holder > Bennett Holder > Henry Johnson Holder (b. AL, d. AR) > William Thomas Holder > James Bartley Holder Sr.
030 Group J . USA: Sion Holder b. abt 1821 NC m. Sarah Harvill, in Harnett Co. NC 1860 and 1870 > Thomas Jefferson Holder b. abt 1858 NC d. ? FL spouse 1) Flora Margaret Priest, NC 2) Mattie Lee Campbell, FL
031. USA: donor has not responded to requests for ancestry
032. USA: This family appears to have moved from Alabama to Milam Co. TX between about 1884 and 1890, based on birthplaces of children in the 1900 census. We have been unable so far to get an unequivocal identification of the donor's direct ancestors in the 1880 census, but there are hints that they connect to a family in Jackson Co. AL who trace back to John Holder and Agnes Bledsoe; see samples 007 and 029, both of which are also supposed to connect to this couple, but don't match each other.
033 Group D. USA: John Presley Holder (1813-1873) and Mary Longacre, Hood Co. and Somervell Co. TX
034 Group A. USA: Newman Jackson Holder (1818-1896), born NC, died Texas, married Martha Ann Moss in Cherokee Co. NC 1847; in Hood Co. TX 1870s-1880s, moved to Donley Co. TX late 1880s. We suspect Newman Jackson Holder is the brother of William P. Holder (see 013).
035 Group D. USA: Joseph P. Holder b. 1797 VA, d. 1881 Searcy Co. AR > Spencer Holder b. ca. 1836 TN, d. 1890 AR > Perry Holder 1864-1946, AR
036 Group K. USA: Thomas Peyton Holder (ca. 1815-1886), Bibb or Jackson Co. AL ? Winston Co. MS; Charles Thomas Holder (1840-1936); his son born MS, later moved to Michigan. This sample defines group K.
037 Group D. USA: Elisha Garrison Holder
b. abt 1813 Warren County, Kentucky, d. abt 1887 Bastrop County, Texas; thought to be son of Jesse P. Holder born about 1789, Virginia. This sample appears to belong in the D2 group.
038 Group L. USA: James Martin Holder b. 1818, m. Sally McClure, Greenville SC -> Cherokee Co. GA -> Putnam Co. GA. This sample is unique so far, and defines group L.
039 Group B. USA: John Holder 1694-1784, m. Barbara Volck (PA; see sample 002) > George Holder and Elisabeth Biehler (NC) > Heinrich Holder and Maria Hein > Benjamin Stanford Holder and Emily George > James Henry Holder and Susanna Stewart. This sample is in Group B.
040 Group D. USA: John Holder and Agnes Bledsoe > Moses Franklin Holder (ca. 1780-ca.1870) > Mark Holder (1802-bef 1860), lived Jackson Co. AL and Franklin Co. TN > Crocket Holder (1843-1910) born Jackson Co. AL, died Marion Co. TN. Based on the first 12 markers, this is a Group D sample.
041 Group K. USA: Thomas Peyton Holder (ca. 1815-1886), Bibb or Jackson Co. AL ? Winston Co. MS; Charles Thomas Holder (1840-1936). This sample is from a relative of the submitter of sample 036 (group K) and matches that one exactly 1880 census:
042 Group B. USA: John Holder 1694-1784, m. Barbara Volck (PA; see sample 002) > Charles Holder (1744-1808, PA to NC) > John Holder (1773-1824) > John Timothy Holder (1812-1870) > Wesley W. Holder (1852-1930, Forsyth Co. NC)
043 Group M CARIBBEAN: donor is from Trinidad, ancestors probably from Barbados.
044 Group N ENGLAND: John Holder (ca. 1660-1731/32) Suffolk, England > Abraham Holder m. Sarah Driver > Thomas Holder m. Elizabeth Archer > John Holder (ca. 1771-bef. 1841) m. Mary Alderton > Thomas Holder (b. 1801) m. Sarah > Thomas Holder (b. 1829) m. 1) Ann, 2) Eliza Roe [family moves from Suffolk to Middlesex in this generation]> Thomas Holder (1857-?) m. Annie Maria Willmott > Henry Thomas Holder (1878-?) m. Elsie Amy Saunders (1891-1991)
045 Group D. USA: Bledsoe Holder (1783-1861) and wife Elizabeth Stewart > William Lawson Holder (1821-1876) and wife Mary Ann Looney > Isaac Bledsoe Holder (1859-1935) and wife Frances Elida Ford. This sample matches sample 037 (group D) over 25 markers.
046 Group D. USA: Solomon Holder (b ca. 1770-1775 SC, moved to Franklin Co. TN) > Ransom Holder > William M. Holder > Jeff Davis Holder. This group D sample is a perfect match on the first 25 markers for 022, a descendant of Solomon Holder through his son Wilson Holder.
047 Group D. USA: Bledsoe Holder (1783-1861) and wife Elizabeth Stewart > William Lawson Holder (1821-1876) and wife Mary Ann Looney > Clinton Lafayette Holder (1845 Polk Co. MO-1897 Grayson Co. TX) and Comanche Delaware Strait. This sample differs from 045, also a descendant of William Lawson Holder, at only one rapidly changing marker. It is identical over 37 markers to sample 037, whose known ancestry does not go back as far as Bledsoe Holder's generation.
048 Group O. We have no genealogical information yet on this sample, and only 12 markers have been tested. The results are unique so far in our study, and defines group O. The haplogroup is E3b, which is most common around the Mediterranean, southern Europe and north and east Africa.
049 Group P. USA: William Holder, lived Lincoln Co. TN, died ca. 1915-1919, Madison Co. AL > John Lewis Holder. This sample defines group P.
050 Group D. USA: George Wesley Holder (1845-1929) > William Bascom Holder (1871-1945). George Wesley Holder's father is uncertain, but he is thought to be related to samples 022 and 046, group D, probable descendants of Solomon Holder. The DNA results support this conclusion.
051 Group Q. USA: Jeptha Holder > Branson Holder > James W. Holder > Seymour Holder > James Washington Holder, all Randolph Co. NC. Jeptha Holder is also the putative ancestor of sample 018, but they don't match each other at all. We are defining the DNA results from sample 051 as Group Q. Another sample from the Jeptha Holder family would be very desirable.
052. Kit was ordered in July 2007 but has not been returned to FTDNA
053 Group J. USA: Sion Holder b. abt. 1821 NC, m. Sarah Harvill, in Harnett Co. NC 1860 and 1870 > Neill A. Holder, lived Robeson Co. NC. This sample matches 030 and 056, group J.
054 Group D. USA: Jesse Prior Holder (1829-1920), Claiborne Parish LA > James Monroe Holder (1876-1929), Desoto Parish LA. This sample matches the D2 group.
055 Group D. USA: Hawkins Holder (1800-1870), SC to Tishomingo Co. MS > John Oliver Holder (1843-1922), Jackson Co. AL/Franklin Co. TN to Tishomingo Co. MS > Joseph Columbus Sidney Holder (1874-1931), Tishomingo Co. MS. This sample matches the D2 group.
056 Group J. USA: Sion Holder b. abt 1821 NC m. Sarah Harvill, in Harnett Co. NC 1860 and 1870 > Thomas Jefferson Holder b. abt 1858 NC, d. 1940 > Neill Jefferson Holder, lived NC. Except for what appears to be a recent mutation at DYS391, this sample matches 030 and 053, group J.
057 Group R. USA: William Alexander Holder b. 1858 Greenville TN, d. 1885 Lucas Co. IA; said to be son of Johnson Holder and Nancy McKee.
This sample defines a new group, R.
058 Group D. USA: William B. Holder (1870-1956) > Lester Holder (lived Oklahoma). This sample appears to match groups D2, D3 and D4. Only 12 markers were ordered, so it can't be placed more closely.
059 Group S. England: Nathan Holder b. abt. 1770, place unknown; d. 1840 Bristol, England > James Holder 1811-1865 > Arthur Ernest Holder 1860-1937, came from England to USA, died in Florida
060 Group D. USA: Thomas M. Holder b. abt. 1778 Surry Co. NC, d. Jackson Co. AL. > Bennett Holder b. 1805 Greenville District SC, d. 1886 Lawrence Co. AR > Bledsoe "Bletch" Holder b. 1832 Jackson Co. AL, d. aft. 1880 Lawrence Co. AR
061. This kit was ordered from FTDNA in October 2008 but has not been returned.
062 Group D. USA: Charles (Charley) Holder, b. about 1803, d. after 1860, Warren Co. KY > John F. Holder (1837-1926), Edmonson Co. KY > John Franklin Holder (1874-1935) Edmonson & Warren Co. KY
063 Group D. USA: Lane or Laney Holder, b. 1856, Perry Co. TN, probably the son of a John Holder
064 Group D. USA: Davis M. Holder > Davis M. Holder (1854-1924) ? Benjamin Holder (1879-1945), Surry Co. NC
065. USA: This sample comes from a family in western North Carolina, but does not match any of the other NC lines - or anyone else, for that matter. The predicted haplogroup is R1a1, but even within that group, it's an unusual haplotype. This will define Group T in our project.
066. USA: This sample has no matches so far, with any surname, at the 25-marker level, so becomes Group U in the project. We have not yet received any ancestral information.
067 Group G. USA: Indiana. Based on the genealogy supplied by the donor, we expected this sample to match Group B, but found instead that it belongs in Group G. Since the later generations are known from family records, we suspect that there was a confusion of two Holders with the same name in the 19th century, presumably in Indiana where these two family lines overlap.
068 Group D. USA: Alabama > Texas. James Winston Holder (ca. 1821-after 1880) > Elbert Joshua Holder (1865-1949). This sample matches 037, 047, and 055, and is very close to several others.
069 Group D. USA: Joseph Holder (SC to Franklin Co. TN) > Mitchell Holder. This sample matches 022, 046, 050, 071, 092 and 098.
070 Group D. USA: William D. Holder (b. ca. 1831, probably Virginia), lived Surry/Wilkes Co. NC. This sample is very close to 005, 018, 019, and 033, but has not been tied to any of them by paper evidence yet.
071 Group D. USA: Dempsey Holder , possibly a brother of Joseph Holder (sample 069). The DNA analysis confirms a close relationship between these two samples. Others in the same general group are 022, 046, 050, 092 and 098.
072 Group D. USA: John and Ann Holder, Sampson Co. NC > Jesse Holder > Malachi Holder, NC to Georgia > William McGee Holder, lived Alabama
073 Group B. USA: John Holder 1694-1784, m. Barbara Volck > John Holder b. 1725 > Jacob Holder 1757-1828 (a Loyalist who moved from PA to New Brunswick, Canada, at the time of the American Revolution) > Samuel Holder > Robert Holder
074 Group R. This sample matches 057, Group R. We don't have ancestral information yet.
075 Group A. This is a Group A sample. Ancestral information will be posted soon.
076 Group A. William Henderson Holder and Nancy Hauser, Stokes Co. NC > James Wesley Holder, NC to Indiana > William Arthur Holder.
077 Group D. USA: This participant is an adoptee whose biological family is as yet unknown. His DNA matches samples in the D2b group.
078 Group D. USA: John L.D. Holder (1796-1873, b. GA) and Martha Suttle, lived Winston Co. MS > Elijah L. Holder (1857-1907) and Margaret Elizabeth Ferguson. This sample also matches those in the D2b group.
079 Group D. USA: Epson Holder (1803-1888) Stokes Co. NC > Hendricks Co. IN > Wayne Co. IA. This sample is in the D1 group; the closest matches are to samples 021 and 035.
080 Group D. USA: Willis Holder (1789-1846) Laurens Dist. SC to Jasper Co. MS > William Albert Holder (1825-1903) Jasper Co. MS > Polk Co. TX > William Price Holder (1870-1942) Tyler and Polk Co. TX. This sample is in group D2b.
081. USA: George Holter (abt. 1750-1820), Maryland > Jacob Holter (1776-1861) m. Catherine Neff, lived MD and PA > Jacob H. Holter (1819-1902) m. Catherine Pletcher, PA. We hypothesized that this sample might match the Group B Holder family, whose name occasionally appears as Holter in early records, but it does not. The DNA profile is somewhat similar to Group F (sample 010) but differs at 4 markers out of 37.
082 Group D. USA: William Holder (abt 1811-1875, Jackson Co. AL; possibly a son of Thomas M. Holder - see samples 029 and 060) > Joseph H. Holder (b. about 1848, m. Julia Summers; lived Carter Co. OK). This sample is in group D2b.
083. USA: James Marion Holder born abt 1863, lived in Shelby County, TN; conflicting census records on birthdate. This sample does not match any of the existing Holder groups.
084. USA: This sample is from a descendant of a 19th century man who took his mother's Holder surname.
085. USA: Thomas Holder (1876-1943) and Mary Faulk > William Alex Holder (1894-1970), Alabama. This sample doesn't match any of our existing Holder groups.
086 Group D. USA: John Holder (born abt. 174-1786) and Rachel Morrison, Sampson / Cumberland Co. NC to Cleburne Co. AL > Green Berry Holder (1823-1905) and Mary Ann Rhodes, NC via GA to Calhoun Co. AL: Josiah Gresham Holder (1846-1909) b. Fayette Co. GA, d. Henry Co. TN. This sample appears to be in group D2b.
087 Group R. USA: William Alexander Holder and Viola Elveta Smith, Tennessee > Iowa. This sample matches samples 057 and 074, group R. This is consistent with the histories supplied for these participants.
088. USA: Thomas F. Holder b. about 1827 in GA or TN? d: 1862-4? (maybe killed in Civil War?) m: Mahala "Hily" McAlpin, 1845, Greene Co. TN. Thomas may have been the son of Cornelius Holder of Surry Co. NC. This sample doesn't match anyone else in the Holder project, but shows several matches to people named Campbell.
089 Group D. USA: Elisha Garrison Holder of Warren Co. KY. This sample is a perfect match with sample 037, which shares the same ancestry, and also matches the group D2b samples 047, 055, 068, and 080.
090 Group A. USA: (Adam?) James Holder (1799-1882) NC to Monroe Co. GA > Thomas Jefferson Holder (1839-1889) > John Thomas Holder (1877-1956), Henry Co. GA. This sample is in Group A, and most closely resembles sample #027.
091 Group W. USA: William Holder b. 1793 and Sabre Keen, lived Cumberland Co. NC > William Holder b. 1816 and Nancy Mason, Harnett Co. NC > Malcolm James Holder (1851-1916) and Sarah Jane McLean. This sample matches sample 101, but we have not yet identified a common ancestor. These two samples will define Group W.
092 Group D. USA: Solomon Holder of Franklin Co. TN > William M. Holder 1818-1910 of Madison Co., AL
This sample belongs to group D, and is closely related to 022, 046, 050, 071, and 098.
093 Group V. USA: see sample 094.
094 Group V. USA: James Wilbur Holder of Alachua Co. FL. Samples 093 and 094 define group V. The donors are known to be relatives.
095. UK > Sweden > Norway. Samuel Houlder is said to have been from Gloucestershire, but was married in Wales to Sarah Jones, who was from London. They emigrated to Sweden in the 1790s, and then to Norway in the 1800s. The results don't match any others in the Holder project.
096 Group D. USA: Daniel Holder (1796 - aft 1870) born probably VA, lived KY, m. Sally Mariah Tinsley > Fielding Holder (1834-1894) m. Elizabeth Wood, born KY, > TX > Edward Holder (1868-1956) born Muhlenberg Co, KY > Hood Co, TX> Custer Co, OK; m. Louisa Caldwell
097. USA: Luda Holder b. 1827 SC or GA, d. 1862 in Atlanta from war injury; m. Martha Cook in Carroll Co. GA, 1846. This sample doesn't match any others in the Holder project.
098 Group D . USA: Solomon Holder b. 1774; descendants to Pendleton Co. SC and Franklin Co. TN > Alfred Holder 1797 Pendelton Dist. SC to Dade Co. MO > William James Holder 1835 Madison Co. AL, to MO > Richard Willis Holder. This ancestry is closest to sample 008 in our project, but the DNA is a closer match to samples 022, 046, and 092. Samples 022 and 046 are also descendants of Solomon Holder, but through his sons Wilson and Ransom Holder.
099 USA: George Holder ca 1750, Duplin and Sampson Counties NC. Based on location we predicted this sample would fall in group J, but it appears to be unrelated, and doesn't match any other Holder sample so far.
100 Group D USA: Name unknown; family from Jasper, Covington and Smith Co. MS. There was a name change in this family in the 1800s, when a child took his step-father's name, but biologically this sample is a perfect match for group D2b Holders.
101 Group W USA: Nelson Holder Ritchie (1840-1913), born in Missouri to parents whose names we don't know yet. In the 1880 and later censuses, he says his parents were from North Carolina. This sample matches 091. The common ancestor has not yet been identified.
102 Group D USA: Elijah Newton (E.N) Holder (1865-1905), maybe born Wilkinson Co. GA, d. Bibb Co. GA > Clarence William Holder b. 1893 Bibb Co. GA, d. 1958 York Co. SC. This sample is a perfect match for 037.
103 Group D USA: Unknown ; This DNA donor is an adoptee whose ancestry is not known yet. This sample is a perfect match for 008.
Three more samples have recently been added, and their profiles will be posted as soon as information is received.
Several other men whose surname is not Holder have also affiliated with our project, but since none of these matches any existing Holder sample, and we've received no ancestral information, they have not been assigned sample numbers.